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Rebuilding Iraq

Timeline of UN weapons inspections

By Globe Staff

1991


June
UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) conducts first chemical weapons inspection.

February
Iraq delays destruction of facilities used in weapons manufacture.

July
UNSCOM begins destruction of Iraq's chemical weapons.

1993
January
Iraq refuses to allow UNSCOM to use its own aircraft to fly into Iraq but yields after air raids by allied forces against sites in Southern Iraq.

1994

July
UNSCOM destroys chemical weapons and facilities.

1995
August
Iraq admits to an extensive biological weapons program and to greater progress in producing long-range missiles than it had previously declared.

1996
March
Iraqi security forces refuse UNSCOM teams access to five sites designated for inspection. The teams enter the sites after delays of up to 17 hours.

May-June
UNSCOM supervises the destruction of Al-Hakam, Iraq's main facility for producing biological warfare agents.

1997
June
Iraq blocks UNSCOM teams from entering certain sites for inspection.

September
Inspectors videotape Iraqi guards moving and destroying files.

October
UNSCOM destroys more chemical weapons and facilities.

Nov. 13
Iraq demands US citizens working for UNSCOM leave the country.

Nov. 20
Iraq allows inspections to resume.

December
Iraq denies access to "presidential" and "sovereign" sites.

1998


January
Iraq stops cooperating with inspectors, claiming that teams have too many US or UK personnel.

February
Inspectors allowed at the eight “presidential” sites.

Aug. 5
Iraqi officials refuse to cooperate with inspectors until the oil embargo is lifted as a first step toward ending all sanctions.

December
Last inspections; bombing campaign fails to restart inspections.

2002
September 16
In a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Iraqi government agrees to unconditional return of inspectors.

November 8
U.N. Security Council unanimously approves resolution threatening Saddam with "serious consequences" if he does not disarm.

November 27
UN experts begin work in Iraq under Nov. 8 resolution.

December 7
Iraq delivers to United Nations a declaration denying it has weapons of mass destruction; later, United States says declaration is untruthful and United Nations says it is incomplete.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report